Reviewed by Bruce E. Harang


The Double Haul
by Rhea Topping
Living Arts Media and Mayfly Adventures
Upperville, VA, 20184
DVD, 50 minutes, Color
suggested price $24.95


            The goal of this DVD is twofold, to teach the fly casting double haul to students and to teach instructors how to more effectively teach the double haul to their students. It succeeds extremely well at both goals. The information is presented using the terms and techniques that have become common to the double haul so there is no need for student or instructor to learn new terms. The instruction for the student is presented in a well designed series of steps where each builds upon what has gone before. The student is given positive reinforcement to increase the speed of mastery of the double haul. The instructors information is likewise well thought out and presented. One of the best bits for instructors is the section showing how to analyze a student’s strengths and weaknesses and to adapt the teaching to the student. The inclusion of other instructors teaching the double haul using the same methods and the interviews with topnotch casters about the reasons for learning and using the double haul is a great teaching aid. The information on making a shooting head line system specifically to help teach or learn to double haul well is also a great addition to the program. The quality of the sound, videography, and script are excellent. The presentation by the author is beautifully and well done. And the music is simply some of the best ever put on a fly fishing program. Everyone that casts a single hand fly rod needs to learn and use the double haul. This DVD makes the learning very straight forward and interesting. A must have DVD for every fly fisher.


We have watched your Double Haul DVD and really enjoyed it. You've done a great job and I predict that it will get good reviews and sell well. Of particular note was your voice and overall manner of presentation.  It couldn't have been better.  I'm proud of you, Rhea, if I am allowed to be. And thank you for the several mentions, which made me remember, happily, the times we once shared.   Lots of love, Joan (Wulff)” NY


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“Just watched your double haul video (twice). It's great. I've been out to a local park to work on it. (Altho I fly fish a fair amount, I am untrained). I'm headed to Mexico in early May and will be a better caster.” Henry Hewitt, OR


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“Rhea:  I'm preparing to take my Certified Casting Instructor test at next summer's conclave.  I bought your DVD on the double haul at a recent fly fishing show in NJ.  It is exceedingly well done and has been very helpful.”. Best to you, and thanks.”  Jim Rainey, former CEO, FFF National,PA


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“Not only your DVD ‘s informative a great learning tool, but,  also very enjoyable to watch…The clarity of the picture and sound are first rate… I have read “Most” of your Book… That’s also great work…I’m very proud of you… “ Oscar Feliu, FL

 

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“I love the DVD!!  What beautiful photography and the music is so nice too.  That was really well done!  I love the shots of you on the spring creeks talking by the tree.  The little graphic showing the load in the rod was a nice touch too. All of it was neat.  I like the interview snippets, then casting, then back to short interviews.  The Argentine pics with all of those people casting was really fun to watch too.  They were all over the place in the first shot and then looked so choreographed and together by the end.  Looked impressive!   I love it!! “ Kim DeVries, OR


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“I managed to get one of the new DVDs before Christmas and put it in Joe's stocking.  He was quite surprised.  We both have enjoyed it many times.  Fun showing it to friends and family.  It turned out super.  You should be proud. “ Bobbye Feliu, FL


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“Just a quick note to tell you that I think the job you did on the casting DVD is just excellent in every respect.  It was a joy to watch, and I plan to watch it again before we leave for New Zealand.” Pete Anderson, CA


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“I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you that I really enjoyed watching your DVD over & over again on the Double Haul!!!

I have mastered that “bugger of a cast” FINALLY!!!!!!  Congrats on a job well done with this wonderful DVD!!!!  Keep ‘em coming!!!! “ Deb Bowen, GA


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“I forgot to tell you again how much I liked your DVD.  It is enjoyable (nice places, plenty of people who are having fun, etc.), clear and makes it look easy.  I especially like the step-by-step lessons with your clear illustrations.  Good luck with it.  Emily Southgate, VA